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Active Lives Survey - Children and Young People

What is the Active Lives Survey?

The Active Lives Survey for Children and Young people was launched in the 2017/2018 academic year. Designed by Sport England, the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for Health (DfH), and the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), its purpose is to gain a detailed insight into the current physical activity habits of the nation's children and young people (5 to 16).

Data collected through the process will be used by Sport England and central government to shape and unlock, investment in physical activity both nationally and locally for years to come. Sport England has outlined their intentions for the survey to inform the Childhood Obesity Plan, Primary PE and Sports Premium, and other departmental programmes in the near future.

The survey is being distributed to primary and secondary schools across England by the County Sports Partnership Network of which we are a part of and will enable us to support participating schools throughout the process. Nationally 5,290 schools have been randomly selected by Ipsos Mori to participate in the first year of the survey; 110 of which are within Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The survey itself involves one randomly selected class, from three different year groups, completing a 20 minute online survey. Questions are focused around the current activity, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust of all children currently in education.

Participating schools will receive a £100 reward, as well as a bespoke report detailing their school's activity levels both in and outside of the school setting. It is advised that schools use this information to shape and inform their own PE delivery as well as their Primary PE Sports Premium expenditure if applicable.

Summer Term Schools

These schools have been randomly selected by Ipsos Mori to complete the Active Lives survey for the Summer Term:

Catshill First School
Beaconside Primary and Nursery School
Clent Parochial Primary School
North Bromsgrove High School
St John's Church of England Middle School Academy
South Bromsgrove High
St Mary's CofE Primary School
St Francis Xavier's Primary School
Kingstone and Thruxton Primary School
St Mary's RC High School
The Hereford Academy
Whitecross Hereford
Hereford Cathedral Junior School
Malvern Parish CofE Primary School
Suckley Primary School
St Matthias Church of England Primary School
The Chantry School
The Chase
Roman Way First School
Feckenham CofE First School
Matchborough First School
Walkwood CofE Middle School
St Augustine's Catholic High School
St Bede's Catholic Middle School
Red Hill CofE Primary School
Lyppard Grange Primary School
Hollymount School
Tudor Grange Academy Worcester
Nunnery Wood High School
Hindlip CofE First School
Ombersley Endowed First School
Bengeworth CE Academy
The De Montfort School
Blackminster Middle School
The River School
St Bartholomew's CofE VC Primary School
Cookley Sebright Primary School
Franche Primary School
King Charles I Secondary School
Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre
Stoke Prior First School
Catshill Middle School
Bayton CofE Primary School
Lindridge St Lawrence's CofE Primary

Department for Education state:

"We want to encourage all pupils, regardless of their background, to develop healthy and active lifestyles. The Active Lives: Children and Young People survey offers a fantastic opportunity for schools to better understand how their pupils enjoy sport or physical activity. Teachers and school leaders will also be able to see how their provision benefits young people and develop it further so more pupils have the opportunity to be physically active and enjoy sport."

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport state:

"Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport "Your school's participation is important in helping us to understand how children engage with sport and physical activity, and the data we gather will play a key role in informing future policy and funding decisions. We are committed to ensuring that all children and young people, particularly those who are currently the least active or from underrepresented groups, have the best opportunities to engage in sport and physical activity. Sport and physical activity have a unique power to bind people together, to help transform people's lives and to strengthen communities. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can help encourage a lifetime of participation."

Sport England state:

"Active Lives: Children and Young People will provide official Government Statistics on children and young people's engagement with sport and physical activity. It is a survey of children and young people administered through schools, but is not a survey of school sport."

Relevant Documents

The documents below are applicable to schools carrying out the Active Lives Survey.

Example Questions

GDPR for the Active Lives Survey

Sport England have been working closely with external lawyers and Ipsos MORI to ensure that the Active Lives survey is GDPR compliant. They are confident that we do not need to make any changes to the survey methodology to ensure compliance (for example requiring parents to give consent for their child to participate on an 'opt in' rather than 'opt out' basis). Sport England will provide the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire with further information along with any amended school recruitment materials and privacy notices as soon as they can and so we will update schools immediately should Sport England guidance change.

Sam Payne

Sam Payne

Project Assistant (CYP)

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire

  • Sportivate Lead
  • School Games Operations
  • Active Lives Survey (CYP) Lead
Hines Building, Room HB1009, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ
Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones

Project Manager (Children & Young People's Programmes)

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire

  • Sportivate
  • Active Lives
  • Satellite Clubs
  • School Games
  • Police & Crime Commissioner - Youth Engagement Project
  • Member of the Safeguarding Steering Group
  • Physical Activity and Mental Health/Wellbeing
  • Deputy Safeguarding Officer
HB1009, Hines Building, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ
01905 542382

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